“Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, and upon allthat moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are theydelivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herbhave I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof,shall ye not eat.” (Gen. 9:1-4)
At first glance it appears that God is encouraging and approving a very radical change in the diet ofman. No longer was man restricted to eating just fruits, seeds, and herbs. It appears to be that after theflood animal flesh is now permissible in man’s diet. But let us take a closer look at what is being saidhere. First we should note the many similarities between Genesis 1:28-31 and Genesis 9:1-4.I do not believe that God is changing his intended diet for man. The scripture assures us that God doesnot change.
Nor do I believe that the Creator is condoning or giving man a new diet. Rather I believethat the Creator is chastising and prophesying about the continued condition of man. We should notethat in this post-flood covenant God is giving to Noah and his sons the same blessing as was given toAdam and Eve. Like Adam and Eve, Noah and his sons, are to be fruitful, to multiply, and to replenishthe earth. While we most often understand the command to replenish the earth to mean to re-populate
28 And God blessed them, and Godsaid unto them, Be
the earth, and
it: and have
over the fish of the sea, and over thefowl of the air, and over everyliving thing that moveth upon theearth.29 And God said, Behold,
I havegiven you every herb bearing seed
,which is upon the face of all theearth, and every tree, in the which isthe fruit of a tree yielding seed; toyou it shall be for meat.30 And to every beast of the earth,and to every fowl of the air, and toevery thing that creepeth upon theearth, wherein there is life, I havegiven every green herb for meat:and it was so.31 And God saw every thing that hehad made, and, behold, it was verygood. And the evening and themorning were the sixth day.
And God blessed Noah and his sons,and said unto them, Be
the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dreadof you shall be upon every beast ofthe earth, and upon every fowl of theair, upon all that moveth upon theearth, and upon all the fishes of thesea;
into your hand are theydelivered.
3 Every moving thing that livethshall be meat for you; even as the
green herb have I given you allthings.
4 But flesh with the life thereof,which is the blood thereof, shall yenot eat.